Below in no particular order are the top 3 finalists for 2016

Bruce MadoleBruce Madole
Brampton, ON

Bruce Madole is an award-winning Canadian songwriter whose devotion to story-telling began with an emphasis on poetry and short fiction. Over time he shifted into lyric, and then expanded his focus again to include longer forms. While his Twitter identity - @SongsAreStories – is evidence of Bruce's commitment to his shortest form of story-telling, he has continued to develop his fiction skills with the completion of a first novel this year, and a second novel underway. Bruce has had a variety of distinguished Canadian mentors for his poetry and fiction writing, starting with a year-long workshop with Dennis Lee (at Trent University), briefly with Judith Merril, and recently, in workshops with Brian Henry. Bruce has been a lifelong student of the suspense, thriller and crime genres. A graduate of Trent University (English Literature) and Sheridan College (Journalism), Bruce has been a practicing wordsmith since 1979, including work as a journalist, editor, and public affairs writer. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) with a communications practice in business and technical communication. In private life, he has been a repeat contributor to The Canadian Writer’s Guide, and Canadian Musician, and other periodicals. Bruce is the co-founder, co-producer and performing host of an acoustic songwriter’s concert series, The Source of the Song, which has featured many of Canada’s leading and emerging songwriters. He is also the author and facilitator of a songwriting workshop, Finding Your Inner Songwriter. (www.brucemadole.com)

susan burdettSusan Burdett
Dutton Ontario

Susan is a University of Western Ontario graduate, recently retired after 35 years in the business world. She is focused on her family, gardens, dogs, and writing. When the freezer and canning jars are full, she writes memoirs, fantasy, science fiction, and children’s stories. She is currently working on a Young Adult fantasy novel as well as teaming up with her husband to produce children’s audio books. It was a special thrill for Susan to be listed a second time in the top twelve semi-finalists for the John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award. She believes that her membership in the London Writers Society is a big factor in her growth as a writer. Susan lives with her husband on a farm in southwestern Ontario where they raised their two sons. She shares special country moments, past and present, on www.farmyarns.ca

Bruce MadoleBruce Madole
Brampton, ON

Bruce Madole is an award-winning Canadian songwriter whose devotion to story-telling began with an emphasis on poetry and short fiction. Over time he shifted into lyric, and then expanded his focus again to include longer forms. While his Twitter identity - @SongsAreStories – is evidence of Bruce's commitment to his shortest form of story-telling, he has continued to develop his fiction skills with the completion of a first novel this year, and a second novel underway. Bruce has had a variety of distinguished Canadian mentors for his poetry and fiction writing, starting with a year-long workshop with Dennis Lee (at Trent University), briefly with Judith Merril, and recently, in workshops with Brian Henry. Bruce has been a lifelong student of the suspense, thriller and crime genres. A graduate of Trent University (English Literature) and Sheridan College (Journalism), Bruce has been a practicing wordsmith since 1979, including work as a journalist, editor, and public affairs writer. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) with a communications practice in business and technical communication. In private life, he has been a repeat contributor to The Canadian Writer’s Guide, and Canadian Musician, and other periodicals. Bruce is the co-founder, co-producer and performing host of an acoustic songwriter’s concert series, The Source of the Song, which has featured many of Canada’s leading and emerging songwriters. He is also the author and facilitator of a songwriting workshop, Finding Your Inner Songwriter. (www.brucemadole.com)


Winners to be announced at our JKGLA ceremony October 15

I am inviting you to join us for our celebration - Saturday October 15 2016 at 7p.m. The event is held in the West Elgin Performing Arts Center 199 Currie Rd. Dutton Ontario. Free to all. All Welcome. Stand up reception.

We are inviting past authors and new entrants past judges dignitaries the public and of course the Galbraith family. Hope you will come and party with us